The Supreme Court today stated that it will not grant any stay on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) without hearing the Centre.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde was hearing a batch of pleas challenging the validity of CAA, including those filed by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told the bench that the government has been given copies of around 60 pleas out of the 144 petitions. He said it wanted time to respond to pleas which have not been served on it.

Before concluding today’s hearing on the new citizenship law, the Supreme Court has also restrained all other high courts from passing any order on CAA.

Meanwhile, the CJI has also said that Assam and Tripura matters will be clubbed together to be dealt with separately.

“Issue notice on all matters. AG seeks time to reply. 4 weeks for reply. After that, we will list it for orders. Give us a list of all the categories of matters. Small matters we can hear in the chamber,” the CJI said as the court ended its hearing.

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